Re: Hard Shifting?
Plastic bushing is a complete waste of time. I've had a nearly new one pop out on me. I think what happens is, the "knob" wears down, and the bushing no longer holds it tight.
The drill job sounds like way too much work. There are two other options:
* Faincy option, but with some work - get on eBay and search on "Ford clutch heim joint". You cut off the eye end of the pushrod and replace it with this pivot-y joint.
* Cheaper easier but less sophisticated option - cut a piece of brass tubing, 1/2"OD x 7/16"ID (I had to use two, one inside the other), just long enough to fit in the eyehole of the pushrod. Use that in place of the craptastic plastic bushing. Then assemble it, get a 7/16" drill stop collar (the thing you slide onto a drill bit to limit its depth) and put it on the part of the "knob" that protrudes past the eyehole. Tighten the set screw on the stop collar. I have both my wife's trucks set up this way and they work flawlessly.